How much would you pay to get rid of "evil spirits"? If you're this 67 year old Canadian man, probably a lot farther than you'd expect. The man sold his house and car to have a psychic use witchcraft to exorcise the spirits. All told, he ended up giving her more than $600,000 CAD.
'Psychic Evanna LOPEZ' (real name Samantha STEVENSON) has been charged with Pretending to Practise Witchcraft and F… https://t.co/EkFvYQB7U5— York Regional Police (@York Regional Police)1540479279.0
The false witch claimed her name was Evanna Lopez, but was revealed to be Samantha Stevenson, a 27 year old Toronto native. She told the man she needed the money to cleanse it and would return it when the ritual was completed.
The most surprising turn in this case was finding out "Pretending to Practise Witchcraft" is legitimately a crime.
There's a charge for PRETENDING TO PRACTICE WITCHCRAFT?!?!? https://t.co/LlDOM6lSao— Stuart Muir (@Stuart Muir)1540487606.0
Apparently the Criminal Code still has anti-Witchcraft provisions. Or, I guess it's fine if you are actually a wit… https://t.co/OBo0hRR59r— David Fleischer (@David Fleischer)1540480376.0
@YRP Is witchcraft illegal?— Alban (@Alban)1540537636.0
@YRP CHARGES: Pretending to Practise Witchcraft (how is this illegal in 2018?) 🤣 Fraud Over $5,000✅ Possession of P… https://t.co/CxxInHN2t2— 🇨🇦 Cousin Missie 🍀 (@🇨🇦 Cousin Missie 🍀)1540481264.0
@YRP Wait what? I mean... isn’t everyone practicing witchcraft pretending to practice witchcraft? Seems like an odd… https://t.co/4dXzJPTcvy— Material City (@Material City)1540487493.0
@CTVNorthernNews Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait... "pretending to practice witchcraft" is an actual charge in canada… https://t.co/xa9NttS6JS— Malphas Vynneve (@Malphas Vynneve)1540496344.0
The second most surprising part is just how close the witch's real name is to a famous fictional witch.
@RebelSpeducator That’s Samantha Stevens. Super close though! She should’ve used Serena (Sam’s cuz) as her alias.— Julia Lovett (@Julia Lovett)1540509348.0
@YRP I’m dying at the name change like did she tell him she’s using some Mayan magic or something? 😂— Merna George (@Merna George)1540493187.0
@YRP Samantha Stevens-on, practicing witchcraft, seriously 😐 I just can’t 🤦🏼♀️No wonder she went by a different na… https://t.co/sKrt4DM3ol— Sami Childs (@Sami Childs)1540509044.0
@YRP wait.... her real name?! the name of the tv show Bewitched witch! this article has to be fake lol— Priscilla🐾 (@Priscilla🐾)1540533168.0
@YRP Samantha Stevenson? That’s the name of the witch in Bewitched.— Astra Cristos ૐ☮☯ (@Astra Cristos ૐ☮☯)1540497857.0
The case was carried on for a nearly a year before law enforcement could arrest her. They began looking into reports of elder abuse. After selling his home, and waiting for the cash to be returned, he was asked for another $6000 CAD to be burned in a ritualistic ceremony and cleanse the spirits.